1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible To Cross Auction Block12
The 1948 Cadillac Series 62 marked the first year for redesigned post-war Cadillacs. The fresh Series 62 featured tail fins, a styling trait that would stick with Cadillac for years to come. The wheelbase was slightly shorter than the previous generation, but a wider track equated to increased interior room. The 346 cubic-inch V8 continued as the only engine option, as new power wouldn’t be introduced until the following year. Cadillac sold 34,213 Series 62s for the ’48 model year, accounting for almost 70 percent of total production, despite not hitting showroom floors until February of that year.
Our feature car is a highly original 1948 Cadillac Series 62 convertible is finished in its original hue of French Gray with a maroon leather interior and black cloth top. It has covered just over 55,000 miles from new. The Series 62 is propelled by a 346 cubic-inch flathead V8 fed by a single two-barrel carb, and producing 150 horsepower. A Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission moves the power to the rear wheels. The electrical system has been converted to twelve volts.
The exterior finish on this Cadillac Series 62 retains excellent shine. The chrome bumpers and trim show no signs of pitting or patina, and the stainless is well polished. A black Haartz-style convertible top fits snugly, showing only minor wrinkling. Painted steel wheels are shod in wide whitewall radial tires, and topped with polished full hubcaps. The glass is free from cracking or delamination, and the lenses are free from fading or haze.
Inside, the Cadillac Series 62 is trimmed in maroon leather with lush maroon carpet. The front bench seat shows only slight signs of ingress/egress on the driver’s side seatback. The balance of the front seat and the rear bench appear nearly new. The luxuriant carpet is deep and plush, free from fading or wear. The Cadillac is equipped with a pushbutton AM radio, power convertible top, and power widows.
Under the hood of the Series 62 resides the 346 cube V8. The engine bay is reasonably clean, but would really pop with an afternoon’s worth of detailing. The 346 looks to be fairly original, with only minor changes noted.
This tasteful 1948 Cadillac Series 62 convertible will cross the auction block during the Mecum Auctions Indy Spring Classic taking place May 13th through the 21st.
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This is when a Caddy was a Caddy, not these numbered lettered things they make today.
Absolutely a true Cadillac! Very special car and beautifully kept.
The styling of the 1948 Cadillac led the way for all GM cars in the 50’s to have a clean modern designs.
Credit for styling and design has to go to Harley Earl.
It is an art form when you think about what he accomplished.
Nice but a little impractical. This was one of the status symbols of success back in the day.
Last year flathead, first year post war styling. Nice!
I Love this model of Cadillac. In a perfect world I would drive this with the top down on a Beautiful Spring Day.
A friend of my dad had one of these that he used as a daily driver well into the 1960’s. The proud owner showed it to me at the time and my jaw dropped when I saw the flathead V8. Real top grain leather upholstery too!
Its been so very long since GM has made a car that made Americans proud. Of late, 4+ decades later, GM’s only bragging rights are that they creatively design and engineer their vehicles to Kill Americans. I’ve always wondered why GM never even tried to Kill Europeans or the Chinese; well mabe an American car Killing their people wouldn’t have gone over so well, who knows.
How much are you asking for the Cadillac?
Hoping for the official Celestiq reveal before long.